Established in 1952, the Texas Water Resources Institute (TWRI) was designated as the state’s official water resources institute in 1964 by the Texas Legislature and Texas Governor as a result of the Water Resources Research Act.Today, we are one of 54 institutes in the National Institutes for Water Resources, supported by the U.S. Geological Survey.
Today’s complex water issues require strategic and innovative solutions. Sustained and secure water resources are vital for economic growth, ecological sustainability, public health and food production. At TWRI, we have helped solve priority water issues through research, education and outreach for more than 60 years.
We provide science-based, community-supported solutions for the state’s pressing water quantity and quality challenges through internal expertise and external collaborations. We offer project management, water quality monitoring, watershed planning, bacterial source tracking, geospatial analysis and education and outreach. We serve as a gateway to a national network of water institutes as well as to interdisciplinary partnerships with Texas A&M University departments, other universities and various water resources organizations.
Our program areas focus on restoring water quality, conserving water supplies and educating water professionals, students and the public.
Our Water Quality Improvement Program works to restore many of the more than 400 impaired water bodies in Texas, while also proactively protecting unimpaired watersheds. Partnering with other water resource professionals, we work with stakeholders to identify, develop and implement effective management strategies to address local water quality concerns.
Conserve: Water Sustainability Security Program
Our Water Sustainability and Security Program centers on securing adequate municipal, industrial and agricultural water supplies to meet the increasing demand from Texas’ growing population. Collaborating with researchers and extension professionals throughout the state and nation, we use science-based solutions to improve both agricultural and urban water-use efficiency.
Educate: Water Resources Outreach and Training
Our Water Resources Outreach and Training Program targets both interested citizens and water professionals because understanding water issues today is critical. Our public programs convey best management practices essential to managing and conserving water. Our professional courses transfer new science and technology from universities to professionals.
Texas A&M AgriLife and the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources
We are a unit of Texas A&M AgriLife Research, the Texas A&M AgriLife Extension Service and the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Texas A&M University. We also work together and share professional and support staff with the Texas A&M Institute of Renewable Natural Resources, using both institutes’ unique research and outreach capabilities.
Next Generation of Researchers
We are committed to training the next generation of water resources scientists and engineers. Our student scholarships support graduate students conducting water resources-related research that addresses key water issues in Texas. We support students through funds from the U.S. Geological Survey, the Mills Endowment, the National Institutes for Water Resources and funded projects.